What would an illegitimate child, who never met nor was acknowledged, be entitled to from the child's biological father death?
Question Details: The natural child learned who the child's biological father was through investigation, to the extent the child tracked down an ex-wife and their children. The child was able to arrange a DNA test between the child and one of the children which concluded without doubt that they were related. Child is now 50 years old and is seeking nothing from the biological father, just inquisitive who the father might be, appearance and health information relative to child's health.
If the father has a will which leaves all his property to specifically identified other persons, the illegitimate child is entitled to nothing, since there is no inherent right for a child to inherit: children may be disiherited by giving everything to others.
But if there is a will leaving anything to "my children" (rather than identifying by name the children who inherit), as a child, the illegitimate one would be entitled to a share, too.
And if there is no will, then he or she will inherit what any child would when there is not will.
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